Macbeth Vs. Witches When witches come together, nothing can go right. In Act 3 Scene 4, Macbeth says "I am in blood stepped so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er: strange things I have in head that will to hand, which must be acted ere they may be scanned." What he means is that he has done way too many bad things and cannot come back from it. The witches have full responsibility for Macbeth's downfall.
Sooner on, the witches predict that Macbeth will be the future king. This leads Macbeth to kill King Duncan( the current King on the throne), on the very night the witches’ foretell the prophecy. *Evil characters who create turmoil Macbeth, who is the central figure in this play, is identified as the tragic hero. Despite him starting out as a simple content soldier, in this scene, we see him unravel. Macbeth contemplates murdering king Duncan, and it horrifies him.
In the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character, Macbeth, is told by three witches that he was to become a king. This information prompts him to murder King Duncan which in turn makes him face constant pressure from multiple sides. His desire to receive and maintain power forces him to make questionable decisions as well as to turn to others in the story, including, for example, the witches and Lady Macbeth. The question that arises as a result is whether Macbeth’s downfall was caused by himself or those around him. What becomes evident as time goes on is that however true it may be that outside influences had played a role in how things would turn out, in the end, Macbeth’s decisions play the largest role in his downfall.
Banquo, King Duncan and Lady Macbeth all influence Macbeth to pursue the path of evil. In the very beginning of the play, Duncan gives the position of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth. This in itself causes Macbeth to have his initial urge for power. Once he receives the position, he desperately wants to hold the position of king. After hearing the prophecy of the witches, Macbeth wishes to kill anyone standing in his way: “I dare do all that may become a
Beginning with Lady Macbeth summoning evil spirits, to her not being able to hear the horrible news, to Macbeth questioning the masculinity of three murderers, to Macduff deciding to do more than just sit back and watch, to the death of the son of the King of England, gender roles can be found in crack and corner of Macbeth. Starting early in the play, after reading Macbeth’s letter about being told his prophecy of becoming king, Lady Macbeth decides that it is Macbeth’s fate to become king. She knows how loyal Macbeth is to Duncan but she knows she can force Macbeth to betray Duncan. Shakespeare uses this moment to go against tradition and has the good wife of the honorable man start meddling in evil. To do this, she calls upon unholy “spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts” to “unsex [her] here” (I.v.46-49).
Shakespeare used supernatural themes to show how fate was shown in the play. Macbeth fate was heavily influence by the witches, as a result the witches were controlling the actions of Macbeth and Macbeth was being driven by fear and expectations. As Macbeth rises in power his actions became more evil and people around him are being hurt and influenced by his actions. One of the scenes in Macbeth shows the witches summoning the apparitions as Macbeth watches. The second apparition said to Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.
This line is in reference to when the witches will approach Macbeth: before, during, or after the battle he is about to be involved in, with thunder representing before, lighting during, and rain after. Scene 3 • Quote analysis: “often times, to win us our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths;” (1.3.122-123). This quote is a very important one as Banquo heavily foreshadows what is to come later in the story. By this quote, Banquo says that evil can be brought about by simple truths, and that deception often lies around them. Macbeth is eventually corrupted by a simple, deceptive truth; that he will be King.
Wicked desires cause people to go to any extreme to get what they want and often cause destruction. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, this is the case for the main characters and evil is a predominant theme. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare leads the plot into dark scenes with the copious amounts of murder, witchcraft and evil desires of the characters. In the play, the character, Lady Macbeth hears the prophecy from three witches that her husband will be king. Quickly, she decided to take matters into her own hands; however, it ends up leading her husband, Macbeth, down an immoral path of destruction.
The ambitious and manipulated Macbeth reflects Shakespeare’s message in Macbeth that too much ambition leads to ruin. “Behold where stands Th’ usurper’s cursed head”(5.8,65-66) Macbeth meets his fated end by the hands of Macduff due to his overconfidence from the prophecy the witches told him. Macbeth is influenced by the witches and his wife, but in the end, his ambition and greed for power brought him to his end. From Macbeth as a character, we know that Shakespeare intended to show that too much ambition is bad. “Reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded.
Macbeth is a tragedy that plays out a savage dichotomy between the head and the heart. Throughout the course of the play, Macbeth the dichotomy within Macbeth’s character by falling from the lofty hearts of a pure and loyal warrior to a murderous savage determined to fulfil the prophecy delivered to him by supernatural powers. The witches influence on how Macbeth made his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth’s head that grew to dominate his mind. “Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.” Due to the outside influence from the witches, he thinks that it is his destiny and that he must do everything to fulfil it; Lady Macbeth’s constant harassment pushed Macbeth to commit all evil.